If you’re looking for something to do with the kids this weekend, take them ice skating at the Empire State Plaza (ESP) in Albany.

The rink re-opened last weekend for the first time since 2008. I did a blog about that back in December, and now it’s officially open.

If you’re worried about parking, since it’s the weekend, there’s usually not a problem. Most of the metered parking is suspended on the weekends, plus a lot of the offices are closed. This make for some more available parking spaces.

It's also a very affordable way to spend on a day of outdoor fun, because it’s free, unless you need to rent skates. You can rent them for less than five dollars per pair. There’s also a lounge that has a snack bar, and some lockers to put your extra stuff.

The rink is open everyday from 11:00 a.m. – 8 p.m. I tried ice skating a few times many years ago, but I didn’t have any success. Maybe I need to try again.